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  Monday, Aug. 24, 2020  
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Chancellor Diermeier: One Vanderbilt, One Purpose
The Vanderbilt community must come together, with its uniquely collaborative spirit, to support and encourage one another during the struggles—and the triumphs and joys—that this semester is sure to present, writes Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in a message marking the first day of classes.
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Return to Campus Update for Aug. 24
All of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges will conduct classes on campus today for the first time since March 9, the result of plans developed with diligence and care over the summer to ensure the university is ready for faculty, staff and students to return.
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Campus surveillance testing launches this week
Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 surveillance testing program will begin this week to ensure as much as possible the safety and well-being of the university community.This program is based on analysis of COVID-19 test outcomes and other factors to ensure a representative, meaningful and targeted sampling of the VU community.
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Incoming students celebrated at virtual Founders Walk
Incoming first-year, transfer and Next Steps students were welcomed into the Vanderbilt community on Sunday during Founders Walk, an annual event that marks the start of the academic year as well as the students’ time at the university.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Rosevelt Noble
As the new academic year gets underway, Vanderbilt’s faculty heads of house are revealing some things about themselves in this special portrait series. Get to know Rosevelt Noble, senior lecturer in sociology and director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center and faculty head of Stambaugh House.
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Yadav named associate dean for diversity, equity and community at law school
Professor of Law Yesha Yadav has been appointed associate dean for diversity, equity and community at Vanderbilt Law School. In her new role, she will serve as a liaison to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office of Inclusive Excellence.
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Historian Jon Meacham speaks to the ‘soul of America’ during prime-time televised remarks
Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of the American Presidency, implored Americans to embrace “the best parts of our soul” and let history “be our guide” during a nationally televised speech Aug. 20.
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Women’s Equality Day film screening and virtual discussion set for Aug. 26
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will sponsor the online screening of a short film followed by a discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 26, to mark Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment.
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Tips for talking about wearing masks, physical distancing
Both mask wearing and physical distancing are required on Vanderbilt’s campus, and it can be uncomfortable to ask a fellow Commodore to put on their mask or to move 6 feet away. Here are some proven techniques for encouraging compliance by others.
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VandyRide begins limited service; enhanced safety protocols for other vehicles
VandyRide will begin operating limited service with two shuttles, one on the Gold Route and one on the Black Route, today, Aug. 24. There will be longer wait times due to capacity restrictions related to COVID-19. Increased service and more on-demand options will be introduced later this semester.
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Student Care Network launches Headspace for 2020-21 academic year
Beginning Aug. 21, undergraduate, graduate and professional students may obtain free access to Headspace, an award-winning meditation and sleep app designed to reduce stress, improve happiness and increase compassion through guided meditation, sleep content, mindful workouts and focus exercises.
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Vanderbilt Magazine: During the Great Depression, Chancellor Kirkland urged strength in adversity
In his opening address to the university on Sept. 24, 1930, Chancellor James H. Kirkland shared his thoughts on the serious purposes of university life during a time of country-wide unemployment and financial devastation.
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Return to Campus video series
A new video series is highlighting Vanderbilt’s Return to Campus Plan and informing members of the campus community what will be different this semester. More videos will be added over the coming weeks.


Take Note

Vanderbilt’s EasyRide program expands to offer free regional bus, train rides

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Kaitlyn Ryder–sending electronics to space

Research-related IT resources at Vanderbilt info sessions Aug. 31, Sept. 18

Pick-up service now available from all libraries

CampusPrint adds mobility enhancements

Blair School offers tai chi sessions via Zoom


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  Vanderbilt, Nashville commemorate 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment
· SEP ·
  Test of AlertVU system scheduled for Sept. 1
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13


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Vanderbilt in the News
Reuters: Top FDA official says he would resign if agency rubber stamps an unproven COVID-19 vaccine
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
ABC News: Doctors rebuff unproven and potentially dangerous oleander chemical falsely touted as COVID-19 ‘cure’
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Newsy: Oracle is reportedly in the running to acquire TikTok’s U.S. operation
Doug Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of computer science and computer engineering, is quoted.
The Tennessean: With the struggles of remote learning, why educators say ‘it’s impossible to separate’ academics from digital access
Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 data will once again be collected by CDC, in policy reversal
Thomas Talbot, professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: College officials clamp down on student behavior over COVID-19 fears
Vanderbilt’s message to students is quoted.
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